Second WordPress Anniversary!

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Regular Expressions turned 2 years old today. Thanks to the visitors, followers for encouraging our efforts all the way and providing valuable feedback for improvements! Thanks to the contributors for all the awesome work you do!

We put in a lot of effort to keep articles in perspective and at the same time entertaining. There had been heated discussions in several forums (like this) on whether a mix of technical and leisure articles is the right thing to do, whether WordPress free platform is the correct place for this kind of a blog, whether the homepage showing posts from all categories will interest every viewer and so on. Sometimes we learnt from those, sometimes we stood our ground firmly. We also created Facebook and Twitter pages recently to increase the number of followers. The Facebook results are promising.

Here’s what we have to say on some of the differences in opinion: We are serious with each article. Each of them go through reviews, are carefully categorized and tagged before getting published. Even the small humorous posts are reviewed so that they are clean and witty. The articles are random because all of us behind this blog do something else professionally and start writing an article when we find something interesting or come up with an idea sharing which may help others and save their time. While everyone may not favour this random mix of posts there are so many ways to find posts that interest you: categories, tags, blog search, Google Custom Search, the archive page, translations. This blog is about tech and leisure read, remember? 🙂 We are not going to change it just because some people thing it may not work. If it’s a challenge let’s face it. After all, who among us doesn’t love a beautiful splash of vibrant colours? There’s something in this blog for each kind of visitor if he cares to spend some time to take a look around. We don’t really bother much. It’s better to have a few regular followers who appreciate and scrutinize what we do than having a large audience who just want to get things of interest and move forward. We will just be happy if they found what they came looking for. We do have some limitations inherent to the free WordPress blogging platform which do not expose all the perks to free-hosted blogs. But it is a great and statistically the best blogging platform. It is the reason this blog is thriving.

As always, we intend to keep the blog ad-free other than some non-obtrusive ads shown by WordPress. The information shared is free of rights and viewers can share them anywhere they want. Enjoy your stay!

Live: 2 years
Posts: 945
Visits: 160,681
Followers: 202
Busiest Day: 29 Apr, 2013 (734 visits)
Countries: 200

My WordPress Anniversary!

penguin_compI was delighted to find the WordPress notification when I opened my blog page in the morning – today’s my first WordPress Anniversary!!! I started blogging on this day one year back with this post. Since then many visitors have visited this blog, enjoyed, liked, thanked, hated and commented here. Thanks to all! You have inspired me to write, revamp, rethink and refine things again and again. And my blog followers… you guys are amazing!

Live: 1 year
Posts: 494
Tags: 206
Visits: 44,840
Busiest day: Dec 04, 2012 (342 visits)
Countries: 167

Regular Expressions: 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Some highlights:

This blog was started in February 2012. At the end of 2012, this blog shows as the 5th result out of 150,000 in Google USA search if you are searching for “arun’s blog”

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 34,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

10,000 visits!

cool_penguin_smallAs of today, this blog has been visited 10,000 times! Excited! When I started I never thought I will come this far with blogging. Thanks to all who visited, commented and encouraged me all through. Stats:

Live: 193 days
Posts: 304
Tags: 181
Visits: 10,004
Busiest day: Aug 16, 2012 (172 visits)
Countries: 127

A 1000 visits!

cool_penguin_smallJust discovered that this blog has crossed 1000 visits tonight. Feels great. Happy to know that people are finding my blog helpful and enjoyable. Thanks everyone for visiting. Please comment at will and suggest improvements. Stats:

Live: 77 days
Posts: 131
Tags: 91
Visits: 1007
Busiest day: Apr 27, 2012 (90 visits)
Countries: 59

Here's a blog century!

cool_penguin_smallThis is my 100th post! I registered at WordPress.com on Feb 11, 2012 and I got addicted to blogging fast. When I joined my sole purpose was to maintain a journal of my technical knowledge and findings which would be Google-able. But I started picking up random topics pretty soon. It’s great to see that some of my posts are among the top 10 search results in Google. Thanks to WordPress for making it possible to build a distraction-free wonderful and collaborative community with the freedom of sharing and exchanging knowledge, opinions and information. I changed my theme thrice – Motion, Ari and now using zBench. I appreciate the authors for the time and effort they spend in creating these excellent free themes! Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to keep going, the known and unknown faces who visited, enjoyed, snarled, cursed and commented here ;). Stats:

Live: 64 days
Posts: 100
Tags: 76
Visits: 565
Busiest day: Apr 10, 2012 (43 visits)
Countries: 41